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What do these 6 stars have in common? They fund sea vigilantes who take down evil sea criminals.

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What do these 6 stars have in common? They fund sea vigilantes who take down evil sea criminals.
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Bob Barker. Beloved host of "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007...

He famously ended every show with a reminder to spay and neuter your pets because he loves animals. GIF via "The Price Is Right."


...and partial bankroller to a group of vigilantes that have been chasing down evil criminals on the high seas.

Law enforcement on the high seas is lax. And there's a LOT of money to be made from taking advantage of that. It's not uncommon for fishing ships to go rogue, fish illegally, and seriously abuse both the environment and human rights with little regard.

So the current reality is this: Bob Barker and other celebrities are putting their money into a group called Sea Shepherd Global — because if governments won't protect the seas, Sea Shepherd sure will.

With vigilante justice...

"[Sea Shepherd] describes itself as an eco-vigilante group, flies a variation of the Jolly Roger on its ships and often cites the motto, 'It takes a pirate to catch a pirate.' ... Sea Shepherd's goal was not just to protect a rapidly disappearing species of fish, its leaders said, but to show that flagrant violators of the law could be brought to justice." — Ian Urbina from The New York Times on Sea Shepherd

And boats bought by Bob Barker!

Note: This is the actual boat named "Bob Barker." I know. Shark! It looks so badass! Image by AussieLegend/Wikimedia Commons.

Recently, Sea Shepherd Global sailed Bob Barker's boat (appropriately named the Bob Barker) and trailed a boat called the Thunder, which was notorious for illegally fishing for Chilean sea bass — to the tune of $76 million in illegal sales in the past decade. The Bob Barker trailed the Thunder for over 100 days in the Arctic, and the chase ended when the Thunder sank.

"There is no way to stop it sinking." Stopped, The Thunder took its illegal evidence 2 miles down to the sea floor. The 4th Installment of The Outlaw Ocean: http://urbina.io/1KuY8Zz
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It was dramatic. But that's how Sea Shepherd rolls.

So are we talking about a vigilante navy funded in part by famous people? Yes, we are.

And Bob's not the only patron. I looked into other famous folks involved in Sea Shepherd and found more than a few names I recognized! Sea Shepherd's board of advisors includes even more — Sean Penn, Linda Blair, Pierce Brosnan, and others!

Here are my favorite five:

1. Bob Barker

Image by Iaksge/Wikimedia Commons.

He bought a boat! And Sea Shepherd, the organization he bought it for, named it after him.

2. Sam Simon, co-creator of "The Simpsons"

Image by Matt Waldron/Wikimedia Commons.

Sam Simon was a famously big-hearted philanthropist. He largely funded the $2 million purchase of Sam Simon the boat, and the rest is Sea Shepherd history.


Image by Saberwyn/Wikimedia Commons.

Illegal-sea-bass, sea-chasing history.

While the Bob Barker was hot on the tail of the Thunder, the Sam Simon was helping out with fuel, supplies, and other things on the high, icy seas of Chilean sea bass territory.

3. Martin Sheen

Image by Damon D'Amato/Wikimedia Commons.

He's got a boat, too! It's mainly involved in dealing with the issue of plastic debris in the oceans. Where the government fails, President Bartlett steps in!

4. MacGyver!

Image by Themightyquill/Wikimedia Commons.

That is, Richard Dean Anderson, most famously known (to me) for playing MacGyver.

His pet cause is baby seals. He's worked with Sea Shepherd a lot to raise awareness around seal hunting.

5. Brigitte Bardot

Image by MGM/Wikimedia Commons.

She's got a Sea Shepherd boat too! It's an anti-whaling boat.


Image by AussieLegend/Wikimedia Commons.

Bardot went on a whaling trip with the founder of Sea Shepherd in 1977, and she's been involved ever since.

6. James Bond aka Sean Connery

Image via Rob Mieremet/Dutch National Archives/Wikimedia Commons.

He's on the International Advisory Board of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Welcome to 2015, where part of the ocean is kinda ruled by celebrities.

The chase of the Thunder wasn't the end. Until governments step up, Sea Shepherd Global will continue its vigilante justice on the Wild West-iest parts of the Earth's ocean.

Another pirate ship on Interpol's Most Wanted list was recently chased down by Sea Shepherd, which then got police to detain the ship in port in Thailand. Then one night, when the police weren't paying attention, the ship snuck away, back onto the high seas. *facepalm*

And until actual governments step up, the price is right ... on celebrity funded vigilante ocean justice.

And remember, no more Chilean sea bass! ;)

There have been many iconic dance routines throughout film history, but how many have the honor being called "the greatest" by Fred Astaire himself?

Fayard and Harold Nicholas, known collectively as the Nicholas Brothers, were arguably the best at what they did during their heyday. Their coordinated tap routines are legendary, not only because they were great dancers, but because of their incredible ability to jump into the air and land in the splits. Repeatedly. From impressive heights.

Their most famous routine comes from the movie "Stormy Weather." As Cab Calloway sings "Jumpin' Jive," the Nicholas Brothers make the entire set their dance floor, hopping and tapping from podium to podium amongst the musicians, dancing up and down stairs and across the top of a piano.

But what makes this scene extra impressive is that they performed it without rehearsing it first and it was filmed in one take—no fancy editing room tricks to bring it all together. This fact was confirmed in a conversation with the brothers in a Chicago Tribune article in 1997, when they were both in their 70s:

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"Did you know that we never even rehearsed that number?" added Fayard.

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